The Event with the Dragon Tattoo

Rabbits, and Tigers, now Dragons, oh my. Horitaka’s design for this year’s 7th Annual Sake San Jose event is subtly vibrant, with an extended claw reminiscent of hands reaching for the sake from regions all over Japan. The Year of the Dragon hints at progression, perseverance, and good fortune. Its strongest element is Water, an apt image for sake flowing to promote Yu-Ai Kai Senior Service and San Jose’s Japantown. T-shirts with the dragon design will be available for purchase, or you can order a VIP ticket now, which includes admission, express check-in, and a Year of the Dragon tee. Time to get fired up for sake!

Put on Some Hip Hop: Presenting Horitaka’s SSJ Year of the Rabbit Shirt

Internationally recognized and sought-after tattoo artist, Horitaka, has once again donated his time and artistry to Yu-Ai Kai’s Sake San Jose.  For 2011, Horitaka, of Japantown’s State of Grace tattoo studio, has created a clever design in celebration of the Year of the Rabbit.  Do you know someone who was born in the Year of the Rabbit?  Are you looking for a unique birthday gift for a friend or colleague?  Treat yourself and don this year’s shirt at Yu-Ai Kai’s most anticipated fundraiser of the year on Thursday, May 26!

Pre-sale orders for this exclusive Sake San Jose 2011 tshirt are now being accepted.  Please visit to order yours today!

Limited Edition Horitaka T-Shirts Available Now!

By Kelli Martines

Our limited edition Horitaka-designed t-shirts have arrived and are now available for pre-sale! World-renowned tattoo artist, Horitaka, generously created a design exclusively for Sake San Jose 2010. What an opportunity to own a piece of art and get a new shirt, all while supporting Yu-Ai Kai Senior Services!

In celebration of the Year of the Tiger, Horitaka’s powerful yet gracious representations are set in brushed gold on solid black. Shirts are available in modern cuts for men and women, as well as the classic Beefy T. Whether a unique gift for someone special or a treat for you, these limited-editions design are bold and fun.

Toradoshi Shirts for Sake San Jose 2010

Designed by Horitaka

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Famed Tattoo Artist Horitaka Shares His Talents with Sake San Jose

By Linda Ueda

Takahiro Kitamura, whose professional name is Horitaka, is recognized as one of the most prestigious and credentialed among the most elite circles of tattoo artists.  Published and publicized, his talent for the ancient Japanese-style art of tattoo is known throughout the world.  In October of 2008, he was the “man of the hour,” lecturing and demonstrating this talent at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum as part of their MATCHA series.

For Sake For Sake San Jose 2010, Horitaka has generously contributed a signed original piece of art for a limited edition t-shirt, with proceeds going to Yu-Ai Kai Senior Services.

Horitaka’s t-shirts will be available for sale beginning May 1st via

His shop, State of Grace Tattoo Shop, is now located on Jackson Street, in Japantown San Jose. Visit to learn more about this world-famous artist.

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For Sake San Jose 2010, Horitaka has generously contributed a signed original piece of art for a limited edition t-shirt, with proceeds going to Yu-Ai Kai Senior Services, Sake San Jose 2010.